A Very Venetian Murder by Haughton Murphy

A Very Venetian Murder by Haughton Murphy

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During an Italian getaway, Reuben Frost tracks a historically minded murderer

The sun shines bright on the canals of Venice, and in his seat in the motoscafo, Reuben Frost can’t think of anywhere he’d rather be. For more than two decades, Frost and his wife have made an autumn pilgrimage to the Bride of the Sea, and he credits the city’s restorative effects with helping him survive long into retirement. As always, the couple stays in the legendary Hotel Cipriani, presently occupied by the outrageous fashion designer Gregg Baxter, but this time they’ll learn there’s more than one way to die in Venice.

After surviving an attempted poisoning, Baxter is found stabbed to death by a colorful hand-blown glass dagger—the weapon of choice for Venetian assassins ever since the Renaissance. With the help of Commissario Valier, an Italian detective, Frost must find the killer or risk spoiling his vacation.


“Reuben Frost is an original and appealing invention, a perfect new hero.” —The New York Times on Murder for Lunch

“Murphy’s sketches of Wall Street law-life are shrewd, deglamorizing, drily amusing.” —Kirkus Reviews on Murder for Lunch

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